Northbound Interstate 71 was completely closed for about two hours Friday morning after a semi tractor-trailer caught on fire, closing all lanes just before the Lytle Tunnel Downtown.
Traffic was diverted onto Columbia Parkway and I-471 just after 5 a.m. The driver told police his semi burst into flames as he drove on the highway, said Lt. Tim Brown, the night chief.
The driver was not hurt. He managed to stop and get out.
The highway was closed for two hours. The left lane reopened around 7 a.m. The right lane was closed until about 9 a.m.
Crews put out the blaze and then made sure the frigid temperatures didn't cause all the water they hosed on the vehicle to freeze the road.
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